Johan Masuku has been working with orphaned and vulnerable youth since 2007 and has been involved in several leadership camps with The Hope of Africa. Johan has been an “uncle” to many of the secondary students in our South Africa program and has a real heart for mentoring students. He serves as a pastor within his community church and has led various service projects from building homes to planting gardens.
Pastor and Mrs. Lubisi
Mr. Lubisi is a primary school principal and the pastor of a Living Waters Ministries in Schoemansdal, South Africa. Mrs. Lubisi is a social worker and mentor to hundreds of youth in her village. They have a passion for serving the youth in their community and are developing a youth center to provide mentorship to kids in their community who would otherwise be hanging out on the street. Our students have served alongside the Lubisis with community service projects. The Lubisis have been amazing mentors to the staff of The Hope of Africa.
H.O.P.E. Amplified was started by Tony Were, a long-time friend of Heather’s. He left a promising journalism career to move back into Kibera (the slums of Nairobi) to mentor and care for street boys. Since November 2012, he has been successful getting eight young street boys into school. He has a love for mentoring orphans and vulnerable children. His gift of discipleship is contagious and he has dedicating his life to make this his full-time job. Tony is an integral part of our program in Kenya and a wonderful part of our team.
Siyabonga House in Uganda (‘Siyabonga’ means “thank you”) was started by a group of young Africans in their 20′s who, working with local churches and families, identified 18 orphaned and vulnerable children and pooled their resources to rent property in which to house them. They provided them with a secure environment to thrive and grow and not have to worry about school fees and where their next meal would come from. Heather and Tamsin have worked alongside several of these young Africans since 2002 on tours overseas and in community run programs in South Africa and Uganda. Siyabonga House hires teachers and has been raising and home-schooling the younger children, while the elder ones attend local boarding schools. Currently in 2014 there are 12 in traditional boarding schools where they are being prepared eventually for university. Hope of Africa shares the cost with Siyabonga in sponsoring some of these children to attend school.